What can I bring into the MPRE testing center?
Many students don’t do their homework before the MPRE and they are surprised that they can’t wear a watch. Or their Fitbit. Or that they have to go all the way back to their car to dispose of their phone. Or that the photo identification required is very specific!
Here, we tell you what you MUST bring and what you MAY NOT bring into the MPRE testing center. Note that we are just pointing out a few of the salient items. Please make sure that you take the time to read all of the updated test day policies on the NCBE site here, as they could have changed.
What can I bring into the MPRE testing center?
The MPRE is given at Pearson VUE testing centers. There are very specific rules for what you must bring, and a list of a lot of things that are not allowed!
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) states: “You are required to present two forms of original, unexpired identification (no photocopies, digital IDs, or expired IDs): a government-issued primary ID and a secondary ID. The first and last name that you use to register must match exactly the first and last name on both of the IDs that you present on test day.”
“Your primary ID must be government issued and include your first and last name, recent recognizable photo, and signature. If you do not have a qualifying primary ID issued in the US, your primary ID must be an international travel passport issued by your country of citizenship. To be acceptable, passports must be printed in roman characters.”
“Common forms of primary ID include:
- International travel passport
- US driver’s license or similar state identification card
- US military ID (including spouse and dependents)
- US alien registration card (permanent resident or green card, visa)”
Make sure ahead of time that all your IDs are up-to-date!
The NCBE directions are very specific about this! The directions state the following:
“Your secondary ID must include at least a first and last name and signature or first and last name and recent recognizable photo.
Common forms of secondary ID include:
- School/university/college ID
- Credit card
- Library card”
If you do not present both IDs, you will be denied admission to the testing room and will forfeit your test registration fee.
The only things allowed in the testing area are what the NCBE calls “comfort items.” There is a full list on the NCBE’s website, but here are some of them:
- Medical devices, such as (more are listed here):
- Auto-Injector, such as EpiPen
- Braces – Neck, Back, Wrist, Leg or Ankle Braces
- Cough Drops – must be unwrapped and not in a bottle/container.
- Eye Drops
- Eyeglasses, without the case, including tinted lenses – must be removed for visual inspection
- Medical device
- Nasal drops/spray
- Pills – i.e., Tylenol or aspirin – Must be unwrapped and not in a bottle/container.
- Mobility Devices
- “Earplugs and Noise Reducing Headphones – Note: These are only considered a comfort aid in Pearson Professional Centers and must be provided by the test center. For other testing channels, including third-party test centers and online proctored exams, formal accommodation approval is required.
- Face mask and/or gloves – Note: Not permitted for online proctored exams.
- Handheld, non-electronic magnifying glass, without the case.
- Tissues/Kleenex – Note: These are only considered a comfort aid in Pearson Professional Centers (must be provided by the test center) and for online proctored exams (must be provided by the candidate).”
MAY NOT BRING:
The NCBE says “Pearson VUE testing centers have small, secure lockers in which you can store personal items. Except for your primary ID and permitted comfort aids, no personal items are allowed in the testing room,” and they list the following is not allowed:
You are prohibited from bringing the following items into the testing center:
- “cell phones,
- hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices,
- larger jewelry,
- food or beverages,
- firearms or other weapons,
- hats (and other nonreligious head coverings),
- eyeglass cases,
- pens, or
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